Saturday, August 6, 2011

Are you an iOS state or an Android state?

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Call it a mobile platform heat map of sorts, but we love it. Mobile ad firm Jumptap is out with their July 2011 report analyzing ad-tracking data of about 83 million users on its ad network. The above info graphic immediately captured our attention (via GigaOM) because it tells the story of the iOS vs. Android war in an electoral manner that evening newscasters had trained us to get. As you can see, iOS is doing pretty well in the Northeast and Midweast states, while Android leads in the South and Southweast parts (no, we ain’t making any conclusions here).

Also, Hawaii is a state that falls in the iOS camp, and Alaska over-indexes for both Android and iOS. One word of warning: That pretty chart is sourced from a limited selection of people on Jumptap’s ad network rather then actual sales numbers so the usual caveats apply. One other surprising factoid:

iOS devices came first in terms of ad click-through rate (0.52 percent) versus that of Sony Ericsson’s Android-drive devices (0.54 percent) or the industry average of 0.52 percent. One would think Android people click on ads more than users of any other mobile platform because Android apps and other content predominantly stems from the ad-supported free model. So, are you an iOS state or an Android state?

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Apple just Released iOS 5 Beta 5 to Developers

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Apple has just released iOS 5 Beta 5 to developers for download. Alongside the new firmware comes Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 5 and iTunes 10.5 beta 5. To update OTA, you must first erase all content and settings on your device. The delta update is 128MB.

Let us know in the comments what you find!

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Makes Sense Out Of Sensor Sizes, Focal Lengths

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Physical Software has announced its new app, "Angle of View," a field-of-view calculator and sensor size database app, targeted at amateur and professional photographers, directors of photography, students and teachers, and anyone who uses cameras on a regular basis. "Angle of View" enables quick, one-handed operation, making it easy to determine field-of-view angles and distances, and to determine the equivalent millimeters between five customizable sensor sizes simultaneously.

The main screen of "Angle of View" is a color-coded display showing angles (in degrees) and distances (in feet or meters). The user sets a chosen sensor, focal length, and distance-to-subject combination via gestural controls, and the app updates its graphical and numerical displays in real-time when the gesture is performed. The angles shown are horizontal, diagonal, and vertical, and the distances shown are distance-to-subject, and the distances across the frame horizontally and vertically.

A graphical angle represents the camera's horizontal field of view, if viewed from above. The user can also pinch to resize a dashed-yellow "measuring tape" to provide a sense of scale. The measuring tape scales in real time when the distance or focal length is changed.

"Angle of View" relies solely gesture-based controls. For instance, the user inputs the focal length via a spinning wheel control, which mimics a zoom lens. All the gestural controls are fully customizable via the app's preferences screen, which uses a custom oversized numerical keypad for input and features a powerful format editor.

"It's supposed to feel like using a modern piece of digital photographic equipment," said Angle of View lead developer, Jonathan Gilbert. "When you're actually using it, everything is set with your thumb, and it responds immediately. No typing is required. However, you can also customize everything, if you feel the need."

The app relies on a database of user-modifiable sensor formats. A unique format editor lets the user enter the native dimensions and name for a format, and even supports Panasonic's "multi-aspect-ratio" formats, along with multiple levels of undo and redo. Users browse the database, load a format into the editor, modify the format's size data, then save a new copy or overwrite the original, assigning the format to one of five slots in the dashboard on the main screen.

"Angle of View" allows sensor formats to be modified on the basis of their aspect ratio. This advanced feature means that the app automatically crops or resizes the imaging area of the sensor intelligently, saving the user from complex math. The user changes a format's aspect ratio in the format editor, then the app uses existing data to intelligently modify the format. If the sensor is a "multi-aspect-ratio" sensor (ala Panasonic), its native diagonal size and surface area is preserved. For other sensor types the app intelligently crops from the proper side of the sensor, with a mind to its native horizontal and vertical dimensions, which are also preserved in the database.

Another unique feature of "Angle of View" is its heads-up dashboard display of five formats. The user selects one format to act as the currently active base format. Meanwhile, the dashboard displays the "crop factor" for each of the other four formats, relative to the user's selected format. This feature seems aimed at making sense out of a common source of confusion. If a user is unfamiliar with 135 format, they can choose whatever format they prefer.

The dashboard feature of "Angle of View" could prove extremely useful in multi-camera shoots in which some of the cameras use differing sensor sizes. If the DP needs the shots to match, they can use "Angle of View" to determine which focal lengths to use on which cameras, in order to achieve the same field-of-view for the shots.

Another feature to note is the "Absolute Zoom" display. This shows a "magnification factor" that the app calculates by dividing the distance-to-subject by the distance across the frame. The goal of this seems to be to give people an absolute number to use when comparing lenses between formats, to see which one actually gives the most telephoto or the most wide angle. The app's documentation notes that this feature is aimed at camera shoppers who are often confused by the relativistic "10x" or "20x" zoom numbers that camera manufacturers use for their products.

Pricing and Availability:
Angle of View 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category. The app is ad-free and the developer promises free updates for life, including free updates to a future iPad-optimized version.

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New Walt Disney World iPhone App

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TimeStream Software's new "Walt Disney World Pro" app for the iPhone and iPod touch gives guests all the information they need to plan and execute a trip to the magical Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, but the app's benefits don't end there. Included within the app are over 500 high-quality original photos, including captivating yet elusive "on attraction" images.

"Capturing 'on attraction' photos is sometimes very difficult to achieve." said Mike Westby of TimeStream Software. Many Disney attractions are fast-paced, have low visible light, include double off-set images as part of Disney's exciting 3D technology or, as in the case of Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids, are too wet to photograph. We've captured the exciting images most guests miss, and it's why our new 'Walt Disney World Pro' app is the only leading Walt Disney World iPhone app to include original and exclusive on-attraction photos, as well as the only app to include multiple photos per attraction."

The new Walt Disney World Pro iPhone app includes "on attraction" photos for many of the most difficult to photograph attractions, including Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Test Track, Soarin', Muppet Vision 3D, Toy Story Midway Mania!, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain and many others.

"We've had more than one reviewer say many of our images are better than Disney's promotional images, which may or may not be true, but we'll certainly take it as a compliment." continued Mr. Westby. Available now from the iTunes App Store, the new Walt Disney World Pro app contains an extensive array of valuable resources and features, including:

* Over 120 Walt Disney World Attractions, Parades & Events
* Exciting Highly Detailed 2D Maps - Look great on the iPad!
* Accurate Wait Times with Multiple Displays
* Daily Park Hours
* Parade & Event Hours, Descriptions and Photos
* Walt Disney World Dining with Menu Items
* Over 500 High-Quality Photos
* Multiple Photos per Attraction
* "On-Ride" Photos
* Walt Disney World Attractions "Tips & Strategies"
* Walt Disney World Hotels & Resorts
* One-Touch "My Favorites" Tagging
* Walt Disney World Tickets

The New "Walt Disney World Pro" is the Only Leading Walt Disney World App With:
* Over 500 Large Photos
* Complete Attraction Descriptions with Multiple Photos
* The Most Detailed 2D Maps of the Theme Parks Available
* Walt Disney World Hotel Information
* Multiple Photos per WDW Hotel
* "Quick Find" tabs for Attractions, Dining and Hotels
* Attraction Tips & Strategies
* Parade Descriptions with Multiple Photos
* Event Descriptions with Multiple Photos
* Walt Disney World - Annual Events
* Walt Disney World - What's New
* Walt Disney World - What's Coming
* Walt Disney World - Phone Numbers
* Walt Disney World - Hotel Phone Numbers
* Walt Disney World - Tips
* Walt Disney World - Toddler Tips
* Walt Disney World - Tours
* All About Disney's Fastpass
* How to Plan Your Vacation
* Guests with Disabilities Information
* Vacation Planning Tips
* And more ... all with photos

The new "Walt Disney World Pro" app is native to the iPhone and iPod touch, so users always have access to the content and do not have to rely on having a Wi-Fi or cell signal. As a result, it works throughout all four Walt Disney World theme parks.

Part of the Walt Disney World Mobile series. Other TimeStream Software apps for Walt Disney World include:
* "Walt Disney World Notescast"
* "Walt Disney World Secrets"
* "Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!"
* "Walt Disney World Hidden Mickeys"
* "Walt Disney World Main Street, U.S.A. Windows"
* "Disneyland Park"
* "Disneyland Secrets"
* "Disneyland Secrets Gold!"
* "Disney at Work: Magic Kingdom"
* "Disney at Work: Epcot"
* "Disney at Work: Disneyland"

Pricing and Availability:
Walt Disney World Pro 1.17 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.

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DollyCam App Stablizes Your iPhone Video Recordings

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DollyCam is an app for the iPhone and iPad that records videos then stabilizes them to remove camera shake.

DollyCam also corrects wobble caused by the camera's rolling shutter. The resulting videos are much smoother than the original recordings and are more pleasant to watch.

When stabilizing a video black borders might appear. DollyCam solves this problem using two different techniques:
- Zooming: DollyCam chooses a suitable zoom level depending on how your device was moved during recording
- Extrapolation: DollyCam extrapolates each frame of the video to fill the black borders

- Full 30 fps video recording in HD (720p), VGA (480p) and HVGA (360p) resolutions
- Video stabilization
- Rolling shutter correction
- Zoom adaptively to reduce black borders (optional)
- Extrapolation to reduce black borders (optional)
- Export videos to your camera roll

Supported devices:
- iPhone 4
- iPad 2

DollyCam was developed at Linköping University as a part of the project Virtual Global Shutters for CMOS Cameras. Project homepage:

You can purchase DollyCam from the App Store for $2.99.

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